Couple Finds $11,000 On Bridge, Return ItBy: Amanda Crum - February 20, 2013
A California couple who were having a romantic Valentine’s date in San Francisco got more than they bargained for when a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge turned up a windfall.
Carlos and Barbara Landeros said they found a camera bag unattended at Vista Point and, because the iconic spot was so crowded with tourists, decided to stand guard over it in the hopes that someone would come and claim it. After almost an hour, no one had come forward.
Barbara and her husband decided to look inside the bag and were astonished to find not only camera equipment, but a huge wad of cash and credit cards. The total amount of money inside was $11,060.
“I got nervous at first, it could be drug money,” Barbara said. “I was scared.”
Rather than keep the money for themselves, the couple turned the bag in to the police. The credit cards were traced to a Chinese man who was on a trip to California with some family, and it turned out the money belonged to different members. The man was ecstatic, to say the least, when he got the call about their property and sent the couple a reward for being honest. He was given the bag on his last day of the trip.
Barbara Landeros said she is a big believer in Karma and is glad they decided to do the right thing. Besides, she says, it would have haunted her had the owner not been found.
“So my heart is rested now because the people got their money and their bag,” she said.